Categories Archives: Culture of Resistance » Indigenous Autonomy

Navajo Sign Law Criminalizing Human Trafficking

Nathaniel Brown on Human Trafficking: ‘Two years ago, I didn’t think we really had a problem … I have a permanent lump in my throat.’      by Alysa Landry / Indian Country Media Network A new Navajo law criminalizes human trafficking on the country’s largest American Indian reservation. Navajo President Russell Begaye on August 7 … Continue reading Navajo Sign Law Criminalizing Human Trafficking

Indigenous-Led Resistance

Water Is Life On May 19th, 2017, members of Deep Green Resistance Santa Barbara attended the Water Is Life: Standing With Standing Rock conference hosted at UC Santa Barbara.  This conference was presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the American Indian & Indigenous Collective, the American Indian Student Association, the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the … Continue reading Indigenous-Led Resistance

Three Indigenous Perspectives on Canada 150 in the Era of Pipelines, Dams and Mines

     by James Wilt / DeSmog Canada The massive “Canada 150” celebrations of July 1 are finally over, leaving little in their wake but hangovers, a multi-million dollar price tag and mountains of trash. But for some Indigenous peoples in Canada, the festivities remain a visceral reminder of their continued dispossession from ancestral lands and waters. That’s … Continue reading Three Indigenous Perspectives on Canada 150 in the Era of Pipelines, Dams and Mines

Gulf Coast Environmental Justice Organizers launch the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp

     by Indigenous Rising Springfield, LA – Following legal victories for the Tribes at Standing Rock, Water Protectors in Southern Louisiana will open the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp tomorrow. The launch marks the next fight to protect Indigenous rights, life-giving water and to stop Energy Transfer Partners from committing acts … Continue reading Gulf Coast Environmental Justice Organizers launch the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp

New Calls for Resistance Across the Amazon

Ever since European colonial powers started disputing borders on its rivers in the seventeenth century, the vast Amazon rainforest—known simply as Amazonia—has been under siege. Amazon Peoples always resisted the colonial invasion, even after the borders were ultimately settled with the Amazon rainforest getting divided into the territories of nine states. They've had no choice. ... Continue reading →

Oil Company Pulls out of Uncontacted Tribes’ Land

Featured image: Salomon Dunu, a Matsés man who survived the trauma of first contact, speaks to a Survival campaigner about the threat of oil exploration to his people.  © Survival International      by Survival International A Canadian oil company has told Survival International it will withdraw from the territory of several uncontacted tribes in … Continue reading Oil Company Pulls out of Uncontacted Tribes’ Land

Tohono O’odham Chairman on Border Wall: ‘Not Going to Happen’

Featured image: The Serapo Gate is one of three port of entries located on the Tohono O’odham Nation that tribal members can use to travel into Mexico.  By Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan      by Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan / Indian Country Media Network TUCSON, ARIZONA—The Tohono O’odham Nation Executive Branch is firm on their stance against a border wall being built. “[It’s] … Continue reading Tohono O’odham Chairman on Border Wall: ‘Not Going to Happen’

Struggles Against Colonization in the USA: Mohicans in Massachusetts

     by Henry Geddes and Martin Valdiviezo /  translated by Angélica Almazán / Intercontinental Cry Long before it was used by early European settlers to establish the Massachusetts Bay Company–and later, the Massachusetts Bay Colony–the term “Massachusetts” referred to an Algonquian-speaking nation known as the Massachuset. One of dozens of smaller nations that made … Continue reading Struggles Against Colonization in the USA: Mohicans in Massachusetts

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court Stops Hydro Project for Failing to Consult Indigenous Peoples

On November 1, 2016, the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court provided some good news to a Terraba (Teribe) Indigenous territory when it stopped the state-run Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE by its Spanish acronym) from going forward with the Diquis hydroelectric project for failing to consult Indigenous communities who would see part of their lands flooded. ... Continue reading →

India: Mining company targets Dongria’s sacred hills – AGAIN

A mining company in India has renewed its efforts to start mining on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh people, despite previous defeat in the Supreme Court, and determined opposition by the tribe. The Dongria Kondh consider the Niyamgiri Hills to be sacred and have been dependent on and managed them for millennia. Despite this the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), which previously partnered with British-owned Vedanta Resources, is once again attempting to open a bauxite mine there. ... Continue reading →